Wyoming Game and Fish say antelope were targeted by rifle fire last week on a stretch of county road near Casper. That’s according to a report newly released by the office. Janet Milek, spokeswoman with the Casper regional office says a single witness reported seeing what appeared to be an AK-47 style rifle shooting out of a newer red Nissan X-terra.
Milek says that while assault rifle poachings are not common, but do happen occasionally.
“It’s very disturbing to us as people who hold wildlife very near and dear to our hearts to see something like this happen to the animals, especially when its wanton waste" says Milek. "So they are just left to lay and rot and no one gets to use the meat and no one gets to enjoy the wildlife for wildlife viewing. So it’s just a disappointing crime all around.”
Wyoming Game and Fish urges anyone with information to call their Stop Poaching hotline at 1-877-9433-847. The department is offering a $5,000 reward and will allow informants to remain anonymous.